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Re: Use Permit/Cuckoo's Nest Club Application

From: domainremoved <Malcolm>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 16:00:47 +0000

All,

I also live across San Francisquito Creek and agree whole heartedly with the Sniders’ letter. The proposed redefinition of the Cockoo’s nest seems counter to common sense for the proposed location, which is imbedded in lovely residential neighborhoods.

Mac Beasley
125 Bryant Street
Palo Alto


On Apr 28, 2016, at 6:54 PM, Jeanese Snyder <snyderfamily380_at_(domainremoved)

Dear Kyle and the Menlo Park Planning Commission,
We are residents of the Palo Alto Downtown North neighborhood, and live on Palo Alto Avenue across from the San Francisquito creek. Living directly across the creek from the Cuckoo’s Nest, we object to granting a use permit for on-site sale of alcoholic beverages and an addition of a recreation and social component to the existing general office [C-1 zone] use at 68 Willow Rd. Having a full bar until 10pm (although patrons will surely linger past this time) that opens onto a back patio facing the residential neighborhoods will create more noise, increase traffic and impact the safety of cyclists and pedestrians on the adjacent bike bridge. In addition, there will be more cars parked near Cuckoo’s Nest, both in Palo Alto and Menlo Park. There may be unknown environment impacts by having a restaurant/bar/social club next to the creek. Finally, this sets a dangerous precedent for businesses to open nighttime activities in a residential neighborhood because if this exception is granted it will be more difficult to say “no” to the next business.
This proposal is inappropriate and unwarranted as the social club is in the middle of a residential neighborhood. We have already heard music from this area late in the evening, and were not sure of its origins until now, as noise easily echoes across and through the creek.
We are surprised that Menlo Park would consider allowing this type of business to be established in a family neighborhood where there are no other bars or restaurants. It seems that this would be more appropriate for the downtown area, whether in Menlo Park, Palo Alto or another area already zoned for this purpose.
Sincerely,
Jeff and Jeanese Snyder
380 Palo Alto Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301

Received on Fri Apr 29 2016 - 09:07:07 PDT

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